Launched the first edition of the Middle East and North Africa alumni exhibition

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  • The exhibition allows graduates to showcase their design concepts in front of a regional and global audience. From the source


Dubai Design Week launched yesterday the first edition of the Middle East and North Africa Graduates Fair, the latest addition to the Global Graduate Exhibition initiative.

The program, which is held in partnership with ARM Holding, will unveil 50 distinguished projects in the field of social impact from the Middle East and North Africa, with the aim of offering feasible solutions that contribute to improving the quality of life for the better.

The exhibition will provide a platform for visitors to explore the impact of the innovations of university graduates and future leaders, from different parts of the region, as part of an exhibition that is the first of its kind in the region hosted by the Dubai Design District, as part of the activities of Dubai Design Week, which begins on the ninth of next November, and continues until the 14th of the month Himself.

Promising projects

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai (Dubai Culture), said: “We are continuing to realize the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global forum For the talented, and a center for civilization and development radiation, by hosting and harnessing such platforms that support the aspirations of young talents, and by working to transform promising projects into solutions that serve humanity.

Her Highness added: “We are pleased to launch the first edition of the Middle East and North Africa Graduates Exhibition, which will provide talented graduates in the region with a valuable and unprecedented opportunity from Dubai, an incubator for innovation and creativity, to present their new ideas and visions that foresee the future and can transform our lives for the better. We are all keen, whether in the public or private sector, to harness such platforms to support the aspirations of young talents, to nurture innovators, and to explore cooperation opportunities that would transform these prototypes of innovations into solutions and projects on the ground.


The Middle East and North Africa Alumni Exhibition has received more than 200 submissions from 36 universities in the MENA region, including the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, the German University in Cairo, the American University of Sharjah and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Within the framework of the Dubai Design Week activities, the Middle East and North Africa Graduates Exhibition, which is launched in partnership with the Dubai Design District (d3), sheds light on projects in the fields of technology, science and design, and allows graduates and professionals to present their design concepts to regional and global audiences, through an actual exhibition held For the first time in the six-year history of the Global Graduate Exhibition.

The new event will be a diverse platform that reviews the visions of students from various university disciplines, ranging from architecture to chemistry and electrical engineering, and the solutions that they present to a number of the most complex social and environmental problems, including: a personal positioning system to help the blind to move independently, Economical solutions designed to save 50% of the water we lose daily, using palm tree waste as an alternative to concrete materials in our buildings, and a simplified process for extracting lithium from the ocean.

An ideal platform

On his part, Director of the International Graduate Exhibition, Tadeo Baldani Caraveri, said: “The Middle East and North Africa Graduates Exhibition was specifically developed to support distinguished innovation leaders in academia in the region,” noting that the event aims to stimulate positive change by interacting with future pioneers in An early stage in their development and growth process.

Through this initiative, the exhibition aims to create opportunities that allow the global audience to explore the innovations of graduates in the region, introduce them and their visions, and establish Dubai on the global map as a leading incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship.

"The new exhibition will reflect the main values ​​of the global alumni exhibition in terms of reviewing alumni projects aimed at making the world a better place by using the latest advanced and simplified technical innovations, with the aim of providing an ideal platform for the next generation of innovation pioneers in the region."

As a continuation of the exhibition, there is an entrepreneurship program that will help students develop their projects, to bring them to market, and will provide visitors with the opportunity to interact directly with the owners of these innovative ideas, and to view prototypes, films and original visual research materials designed to enable the audience to interact with them.

Latifa bint Muhammad:

"The exhibition will provide talented graduates in the region with a valuable opportunity from Dubai."

"A platform to nurture innovators and convert prototypes of their projects into solutions on the ground."

Regional version

On the importance of supporting regional talents, Mohamed Saeed Al Shehhi, CEO of ARM Holding, said: “We are pleased to expand our sponsorship of the Global Graduate Exhibition to include the regional edition of the exhibition, which is the Graduate Exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa.”

"This initiative will come at the forefront of platforms dedicated to innovating social impact in the region, as it highlights the importance of early contributions to the most pressing issues facing the world," he added.


Projects were selected for presentation out of 200 submitted by students from 36 universities.

The projects highlight a range of socially influencing ideas that aim to improve the quality of life.

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